Which laser for engraving and cutting is the right one for my requirements? How much does a laser machine cost? What should I consider when buying a laser? What functions make a laser future-proof?
At Trotec, I look after our customers and employees as part of Trotec Academy. The questions above concern almost every prospective customer considering buying a laser. I am lucky enough to accompany many of our prospective customers through their purchase decision. This process begins long before the purchase, for example, when a prospective customer has a unique application request, questions about their materials, or simply want more information. These initial consultations take place at Trotec laser days, trade fairs, demo centers, or virtual product demos. As part of our Trotec Academy training program, I am also in an active exchange with our customers and thus gain insight into their business development.
There is no blanket answer as to which laser machine is “the best," but there are several questions you should ask yourself before you buy a laser machine. What do you want to do with the laser? Which materials do you want to process? Which laser power is the right one? How easy is it to use a laser for cutting and engraving? At this point, I would like to give you three personal tips:
First, examine the technical data. Evaluate the working area, the available laser power, and the accessories offered. Match the working area to your standard formats, allowing you to minimize waste and use material efficiently. Find which wattages will meet your processing needs. Finally, consider which accessories are beneficial to you. With a camera system or rotary engraving attachment, you can offer your customers better products and secure a competitive advantage.
Your investment in a laser machine should be well-planned. Does the provider inform you of possible financing options before the purchase? Does the manufacturer offer demonstrations, material tests, training opportunities, and support long after the contract is signed? Choose a provider whose assistance doesn’t end with a signature on the purchase contract and delivery of the laser system. You should be able to access a wide range of benefits for the lifetime of the machine. When it comes to servicing, support directly from the manufacturer is worth its weight in gold because nobody knows the laser as well as the manufacturer’s service team.
Get information from a wide range of laser manufacturers regarding products, services, and support and compare the offers so that you feel confident you've made the best choice for your business.
My team and I have put together a guide to help you in your purchase decision. Our guide “10 questions you should ask yourself before buying a laser machine” highlights the different aspects in detail and serves as a guide.
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